Florence Kirkby MBE, longstanding ASCL stalwart

29 January 2019

It is with great sadness that we are sharing with you the news that Honorary ASCL Member, Florence Kirkby MBE, passed away earlier this month. For over 50 years, Florence worked tirelessly for the Association and for education as a whole.

Florence, who was 97 years old, was on the headmistresses’ equivalent of ASCL Council from 1967 (part of ASCL, known then, as the Secondary Heads Association or SHA); she became SHA President in 1984/5 and her services to education remained unbroken since the late 1960s. Florence was always an extremely active member of the Association. She was our pensions consultant well into her 70s and, up until very recently, she continued to work on the editing of Associates News, our magazine for retired members. Florence remained a trustee of the ASCL Benevolent Fund and member of the Associates Committee. In May 2016, we held a meeting in Newcastle in honour of Florence's 95th birthday and recent retirement from the committee.

ASCL General Secretary, Geoff Barton, said: “We owe a great debt of gratitude to Florence for her continuous commitment and dedication to the Association and to the teaching profession. She will be greatly missed by everyone who ever knew or met her.”